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Top 25 cheap or free things to do in Adelaide



Adelaide is full of things to do, for families with kids to retirees to party animals. Everyone loves a bargain, especially if you’re saving up to buy a home – so here are 25 free things to do in Adelaide, the city of churches:

  1. Visit the State Library to browse the books and see some of their collections projected onto the outside walls each night.
  2. Get your walking shoes on and take a stroll through the Botanic Garden and admire the buildings, gardens, trees and flowers – there’s even a prehistoric plant that dates all the way back to the dinosaurs!

    Palm Tropical House at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

    Photo source: Adelaidia

  3. Visit the Morialta Conservation Park and check out the waterfalls, or go rock-climbing or walking along the trails.

    Morialta Conservation Park

    Photo source: environment.sa.gov.au

  4. Drive to the Barossa and have a go on the famous Whispering Wall, before heading to see the famous wineries and gourmet foods on offer.
  5. Wander the South Australian Museum, which is over 150 years old and full of natural, cultural heritage.
  6. Check out the Art Gallery of South Australia and its 38,000 artworks that come from all over the world.
  7. Indulge at Adelaide Central Market for all things food, from fresh fruit to organic meat and artisan cheeses.Photo source:

     

  8. Explore The Jam Factory, a unique organisation that showcases artwork and studios in a wide range of different mediums like glass blowing, ceramics and metal work.
  9. For a real Aussie experience, check out the R.M Williams Outback Heritage Museum for an inside look at those iconic work boots, as well as the history of their founder, R.M Williams.
  10. If you love cycling, take a trip around the Linear Park Cycle Track, a trail that follows 20km of river and is filled with plenty of beautiful scenery.
  11. If walking is more your thing, take a self-guided walking tour around historic Port Adelaide to discover the markets, galleries, cafes, pubs and catch a glimpse of the only inner-city dolphins in the world.

    Inner-city Adelaide dolphins

    Photo source: environment.sa.gov.au

  12. Head to the seaside and enjoy a day at one of Adelaide’s beaches, whether it’s Glenelg, Henley, Brighton, Semaphore or one of the many others.
  13. Jump on the tram service that takes you from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to South Terrace, or the City Connector bus that links all of the major tourist attractions in the city, both completely free.
  14. Take a hike up Mount Lofty and check out the gorgeous views from the highest peak in Adelaide.
  15. Treat the kids to a day at Bonython Park and let them run amok on the Adventure Playspace.
  16. Visit Belair National Park to see the wildlife, go bicycling, explore the lakes and woodlands and have a barbecue in the warm sun.
  17. Head to the Adelaide Hills, a great place to enjoy fantastic local produce, fine wine or just stroll the vineyards.
  18. Discover the Fleurieu Peninsula and enjoy a day (or two) of fishing, surfing, snorkelling or swimming.
  19. Explore the Murray River and its wide range of experiences (some of which are free) and learn more about the third-longest navigable river in the world.
  20. Drive down the Limestone Coast to see some of Australia’s most stunning coastline.
    The Murray River from Loxton, South Australia
  21. Visit Port Noarlunga and relax on the jetty or get lost in the maze at Jubilee Park.
  22. Skip breakfast and head to Haigh’s Chocolates, where you can join one of the free guided tours to learn how premium chocolate is made.
  23. Adelaide isn’t known as The City of Churches for no good reason—and no trip would be complete without checking out the city’s oldest churches!
  24. Admire the artwork at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Australia’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed art centre.
  25. If you’re an avid cricketer, take a look at the Bradman Collection at Adelaide Oval to see memorabilia from Sir Donald Bradman, the greatest batsman in cricket.